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COVER STORY: The New Nile Stayed Bridge 10 Electrical Systems: Ensuring safety and reliability of your electrical system 16 Kitchens: Remodeling your kitchen 19 Kitchen Fires: Kitchen Fire Suppression 22

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Ensuring safety and reliability of your electrical system

Foreign investment- the key to Africa’s Infrastructure troubles

While the importance of electric wiring is clear, the wrong electrical

Despite Africa being a great diverse continent, a larger portion of it still suffers from poor or nonexistent infrastructural network. Currently, Africa’s infrastructure is a mixed bag. Angola for instance has a road density of 4km per square kilometre of land contrary to South Africa‘s figures which is 15 times higher. Africa’s larger economies may be able to fund their own developments but for many others, this simply is not practical. Foreign investment, therefore, is set to play a major role in financing future infrastructure projects.

system can cause disaster. It is therefore important to work safely with or near electricity.

16 Remodeling your kitchen

China-Africa relations are at an all-time high, with Beijing proving more than willing to extend its One Belt, One Road initiative across the continent. Last year saw the completion of the Nairobi-Mombasa railway line in Kenya, with China agreeing to finance 80% of the US $11.17bn cost. The new line will reduce travel times between the country’s two most important cities to 4.5 hours and help Kenya push its proportion of freight trade up towards its 40% target.

Your lifestyle puts a great effect on your kitchen designing. Modern kitchens not only offer trendy features and sophisticated looks but are also top in terms of functionality.

19 Paint Accessories: Getting the most out of your appliance Profile: Milicon’s Limited: A Formidable Contractor Profile: Questworks Limited: Delivering Turnkey Projects Advertorial: Sheffield has a notable "footprint" across Africa

Having been subjected to colonial rule in the last century, African countries are wary when it comes to international assistance. They are well aware that foreign investment is sometimes repaid with more than just interest. That being said, there is no reason why foreign-backed projects can’t provide infrastructural and development gains in Africa in the here-and-now, while also providing long-term benefits for the foreign investors.

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Masdar to build solar power plant with battery storage in Seychelles Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, will help the Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) in building a 5MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant with battery storage in the Republic of Seychelles.

ALP opens modern grade –A warehousing park at Tatu City Africa Logistics Properties (ALP) has launched its first 49,000 sqm of modern grade –A warehousing at ALP North Industrial Park, Tatu City with 75% of the facility pre-leased at a time when other segments of the commercial, retail and residential real estate market are struggling to achieve total occupancy of 75%. “The near complete uptake of ALP North prior to launch speaks to the scale of the warehousing shortage in Kenya. But it also demonstrates that real estate requires developers to concentrate on the genuine areas of market need,” said Toby Selman, CEO of ALP. Demand for grade-A warehousing The demand for grade-A warehousing, which delivers significant cost savings and efficiency for users, currently far exceeds supply in the country, with warehouse users reporting that finding suitable facilities is frequently impossible, according to recent research by Tilisi Developments. This shortage contrasts sharply with overbuild in some other real estate segments. The oversupply of commercial space in Nairobi reached 4.7m sqft in 2017, while retail space oversupply reached 3.7 m sq ft. Meanwhile, the supply of mall space rose by 41.6% last year, even as demand stagnated.

The project is being financed by a US$ 8.4m loan from Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the leading national entity for development aid, as well as funds from PUC’s own equity. The project’s engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract scope includes subsea cabling, switch gear extensions and an underground water piping system for module cleaning. The 5MW Ile de Romainville Solar Park The 5MW Ile de Romainville Solar Park will be located on the same site as the existing ADFD-financed US$ 28m Port Victoria Wind Farm. Built by Masdar, this 5MW renewable energy wind farm has been generating power for the Seychelles’ capital since 2013.

Sharp energises African PV market with expansion of solar business Sharp announces the expansion of its Solar Energy Solutions business to the African continent. The solar sector in Africa is an important part in Sharp’s strategic worldwide diversification plan, where access to energy is challenging for so many people. Sharp introduces its industry leading range of 12 photovoltaic (PV) modules and various battery storage solutions which are now available to all customers across Africa. With a company history of over 100 years, Sharp brings almost 60 years of solar expertise gained from markets across the globe to help address the pressing need to boost electricity access, and the demand for a reliable electricity supply across the African continent. The growing population of Africa is already putting an increasing strain on existing energy sources. Coupled with a changing climate and longer dry seasons in many countries, the reliance on fossil fuel and hydro power is not sustainable in the long term.

Nairobi gate industrial park introduces next level logistics to Kenya Improvon Group, one of Africa’s most established logistics and warehouse property specialists, and Actis, a leading investor in growth markets, have announced the launch of Nairobi Gate Industrial Park.

industrial and logistics accommodation for local and international companies, with quick access to key logistics and transport hubs such as the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the Inland Container Depot.

Located off the Eastern Bypass, this 103acre development will offer state-of-the-art

Nairobi Gate brings a unique “build to suit” concept to Nairobi that has been necessitated by the demand for modern, flexible and efficient warehousing facilities. It offers flexibility and scalability for occupiers’ operational needs.

Nairobi Gate will integrate corporate offices, with excellent access, wide roads and turning circles 4

The development is estimated to cost US$110 million USD (KES 11 Billion) by completion. Commented Koome Gikunda, Actis Director for Real Estate: “We are delighted to be working with Improvon and launching the Nairobi Gate Industrial Park. We are bringing something unique to the market, not just from a development point of view, but also in our approach. The face of warehousing and

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logistics property is changing, with companies migrating to better locations and consolidating into single facilities to achieve economies of scale and operational efficiency. We are looking forward to partnering with businesses across the region as they make this journey”. Explained Stefano Contardo,Improvon CEO:“Phase 1 of Nairobi Gate will span 103 acres and will consist of ultra-modern logistics, warehousing and distribution centres, bringing a ‘build to suit’ concept to Nairobi in response to the demand for grade A flexible spaces. “In line with modern trends it will integrate corporate offices, with excellent access, wide roads and turning circles that can accommodate interlink trucks, generous loading facilities and the highest standard of security, all set in a park-like environment."


South Africa’s nuclear industry opposes new IRP The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) has objected to the exclusion of further nuclear power; over and above the ones provided by the existing Koeberg nuclear power plant from the government recently released Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). According to (NIASA) Managing Director Knox Msebemzi, they are an unhappy and have called for transparency in determining the required suitable energy mix for the country. “A transparent process of determining the appropriate energy mix for South Africa is required. We believe it is grossly unfair for the IRP to require extensive additional studies to justify the inclusion of nuclear in the energy mix,” he affirmed. Electricity generation “A lot of work has been done from 2007, which culminated in the 2010-2030 IRP. There were subsequent updates which meant that extensive studies were done, so to ask for further studies in respect of one energy source only, while boosting RE [renewable energy], is grossly unfair. As the nuclear industry, we will make representations to the department, and we believe we will make a case for the inclusion of nuclear power.” said Knox Msebemzi

HAR declares East Africa as a potential in small hydropower Hydropower Association of Rwanda has declared East Africa as where Africa’s small hydropower potential lies by 83% with Kenya and Ethiopia leading the neighboring countries respectively. Speaking at a technical workshop focused on small hydropower opportunities hosted at the African Utility Week, in Cape Town, Dan Klinck, the chairperson of the Hydro-power Association of Rwanda and CEO of East African Power, confirmed the reports and added that Africa’s small hydro-power potential is at 7,3GW According to Klinck, the African small hydropower market has great potential with East Africa leading the market by 209MW of installed capacity and a potential of 6,296MW. Following in the second place is Central Africa with 76MW installed capacity and 328MW potential. Growth development Dan Klinck further narrowed down the numbers and cited statistics from the World Hydro Report shows that Uganda has the highest installed capacity in East Africa of 35MW.However Kenya and Ethiopia were listed among the leading neighboring countries having significant potential of small hydropower estimated at 3,000MW and 1,500MW respectively, following closely with 1,000MW of the potential capacity is Rwanda and according to Klinck, this potential presents $1 billion in hydro investments.

NSE seeks salvage for the federal secretariat complex The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has advised the Federal Government to collaborate with the state government to sell the

He further argued that the cost of the different forms of electricity generation was not calculated on a common basis, a move he says makes nuclear appear more expensive compared to other forms of production, particularly renewable energy.

FHA in Nigeria digitizes its operations Nigeria’s Federal Housing Authority (FHA) has digitized its operations in bid to curb extortion of money from prospective land buyers by cartels. According to the Managing Director of FHA, Prof. Mohammed Al-Amin the move was taken to curb cartels’ activities such as double allocation, grabbing of peoples’ land and selling of green areas in the country. “Through the FHA geographical information system each plot of land and each housing unit nationwide has been digitized. The move has also enabled the authority to have proper information concerning lands and housing units, including change of ownership and amount paid,” said Prof. Mohammed Al-Amin . Fake receipts from cartels The Managing Director added that the digitization gave FHA an edge in immediate check on issues of government allocations or forgery of documents and rendering of quick services. The FHA boss admitted that there were numerous cases of unscrupulous elements printing their own receipts bearing the Federal Government’s and FHA logos. The cartel issues receipts to unsuspecting Nigerians’ after collecting their money so that the people would believe the receipt and land are from the FHA.

federal secretariat complex in Ikoyi, Lagos State to save the national monument from further deterioration. “Both governments should reach an agreement on the facility without further delay, Presidential Implementation Committee on the sale of federal government landed property is in a better position to speak on the status of the secretariat,” said The NSE branch Chairman, Mr Johnson Akinwande.

“The activities of these cartels need to be exposed to prevent innocent land buyers from continually falling prey to the fraudsters.We have already completed our pilot project in Gwarinpa Estate Abuja; every house now in Gwarinpa is now digitised,” Al-Amin asserted.

The federal secretariat complex The 15-storeyed complex is said to have been abandoned since 1991 following the relocation of the country’s capital from Lagos to Abuja.

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EnergyWeek Morocco to welcome 400 energy decisionmakers EnergyWeek Morocco will take place from 14-15th November in Marrakech. The event is a platform for decision-makers in the energy sector to discuss the progress of

The Big 5 Construct East Africa 2018 The Official Exhibition of Kenya’s National Construction Week is back! The dedicated building and construction event-The Big 5 Construct East Africa 2018 will bring the entire portfolio of building materials, construction

According African Economic

products and solutions together under one roof.

Outlook 2018 Report, the infrastructure deficit is even more

regional power projects in North & West Africa

The 2018 edition of the event will include 250

than was previously estimated. The

manufacturers, suppliers, traders, distributors and service

deficit, which now stands between

EnergyWeek Morocco is set to welcome

providers of innovative construction solutions.7000

400 energy decision-makers to Marrakech

architects, engineers, builders, contractors, interior

this November to discuss power projects in North & West Africa.

hosted within this week – the 4th annual

$130 – $180 billion USD, points to an infrastructure gap of between $68 and $108bn USD.

designers, consultants and all construction industry professionals are expected to visit the event. Attend free

Two separate investment meetings will be

Africa PPP 2018 – Over 40 speakers already confirmed for the 10th edition of Africa’s leading Public Private

CPD certified workshops and hi-level conference by ICoRCE that will give you vital market knowledge. The

Governments and public institutions in Africa are looking into the PPP model as a mechanism to

Africa Renewable Energy Forum and 2nd

Big 5 Construct East Africa 2018 is a must attend event

ensure the development of the

annual Gas Options: North & West Africa

that brings the construction industry together.

required infrastructure, while not

– to explore opportunities for gas and

compromising on technology and

renewable energy project development.

expertise, all the while providing long term sustainable investment opportunities.

The event is endorsed by Hon. Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Energy, Mines & Sustainable Development in Morocco,

Since its inception in 2009, Africa

with the support of leading private sector

PPP has become a key platform

companies MASEN, Cheniere, Fieldstone

for industry stakeholders to meet,

Africa, Skypower, ENGIE and Wartsila.

discuss, debate and share PPP plans.

Kenya - Architectural Association of Kenya

- Ethiopian Association of Civil Engineers

- Institute of Engineers of Kenya - Association of Consulting Engineers of - Kenya - Association of Professional Societies of East Africa APSEA)

Association Partners



- Association of Consulting Engineers Nigeria - Association of Professional Women

- Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers

- Institution of Surveyors of Kenya

- The Construction Industry Federation of Zimbabwe (Cifoz)


Surveying Profession

Ghana - Ghana Institute of Engineers

Engineers Of Nigeria - Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria - The Nigerian Institute of Architects - American Association of Petroleum Geologists Africa Region

- Khuthaza ( Women for Housing)

- Architects Registration Council

- Concrete Manufacturers Association

- Ghana Institute of Surveyors

- Green Building council of SA

- Ghana Green Builders Association

- South African Property Owners Association

- Ghana Institute of Planners

- Master Builders South Africa

- Association of Building and Civil Engineering

- Building and Construction Skilled Artisans

Contractors of Ghana

Association of Nigeria (BACSAAN)


- Nigeria Society of Engineers - Nigeria Institute of Architects

Institute of Surveyors of Uganda


Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers (UIPE) &

Institute of Namibian Quantity Surveyors


Uganda society of Architects

Association of Consulting Engineers of Namibia

- Zambia Institute of Architects (ZIA)


- Tanzania Institute of Quantity Surveyors

- Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors 6

- Construction Contractors Association of Ethiopia

- Zimbabwe Institute of Quantity Surveyors

- Kenya Property developers Association

- South African Council for the Quantity

and Quantity Surveyors (AQSRB)

- Association of Ethiopian Architects

- Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya

South Africa - ASAQS

- Tanzania’s Registration Board of Architects



- Construction Regulation Board (CRB)

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- Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors (ABCEC).


Kärcher develops new window vac WVP 10 for commercial operators With the WVP 10, Kärcher has developed a new window vac to meet the requirements of commercial operators. The machine is a practical addition for manual cleaning, for example, of glass doors, mirrors, smooth tables, windows and tiles. With the WVP 10, dirty water remaining on surfaces after cleaning is vacuumed away – streak-free and without residues. This machine is used by building service contractors, in shops, public facilities, hotels and restaurants or at petrol stations. The window vac The window vac can be used with one hand. An advantage is the relatively low machine weight of 750g – similar to a tablet PC. The on/off switch on the outside of the handle can be operated conveniently with the thumb. The 200ml dirty water tank is designed for both horizontal and vertical use without dripping. After use, it is simply removed from the machine and washed with clear water or cleaned in a dishwasher. The battery run time with one charge is about 30 minutes, which is sufficient for an area of about 110m². An LED display above the on/off switch shows the remaining energy reserve. The battery can be changed for long periods of use with minimum or only short interruptions. The new model is available in two versions, the WVP 10 with one battery and a standard battery charger (185min charging time) and the Adv versions with two batteries and a 60-minute quick charger. This version features a second, narrower suction lip (170 mm), which is ideal for narrow surfaces such as windows with bars.

COMBILIFT Launches the COMBI-PPT: Powered pallet truck Combilift, the material handling solutions provider, has launched a new high capacity powered pallet truck – the Combi-PPT suitable for Africa market. The powered pallet truck comes with standard lift capacities of 3,000 kg and 6,000 kg, with higher capacity models from 7,000kg to 16,000kg available on request. It is a further addition to the Irish company’s growing pedestrian range with the optional operator’s platform enabling stand-on or walk behind operation. The Combi-PPT includes a feature common to all Combilift’s pedestrian models: its unique, patented multi-position tiller arm. This enables the operator to stand at the side of the unit rather than at the rear (as is the case with other walk behind brands), giving operators excellent visibility of even the bulkiest loads and their surroundings. The operator’s position also eliminates any possibility of crush risk when working in confined areas and prevents product damage. “With the introduction of the Combi-PPT, very heavy loads can now be handled using these walk-behind machines, ensuring high levels of safety whilst guaranteeing efficient procedures even in confined spaces,” according to Martin McVicar, Managing Director, Combilift. “Combilift developed its first pedestrian models (the Combi-WR, Combi-WR4 and the Combi-CS) in response to an industry demand to move away from ride-on forklifts. As a company we are seeing a growing demand for pedestrian trucks, driven by safety concerns where customers and/or employees are in the vicinity of operating forklifts. It is our intention to significantly expand our pedestrian forklift range as can be seen with the launch of the Combi-PPT. This forklift offers safer operation, maximum operator visibility and narrow aisle performance.”

MB provides crusher buckets for a range of construction applications Italy-based global construction equipment supplier, MB Crusher has provided solution for construction and demolition waste (CDW) processing and explained a number of cases where the MB products have been used in a range of applications around the world. “The process of recycling is pretty straightforward, firstly, fine material is separated. Subsequently, there needs to be a volumetric reduction, a separation from any metals and the final removal of the light fraction.

PMSA launches ultra-3000 machinery products The Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) has launched the ultra-3000 machinery products in Johannesburg, South Africa. According to Quintin Booysen, PMSA marketing and sales manager, the products will add significant value to the market for it will enable bricks and blocks manufacturers to produce end products at a much quicker rate and producing variety of products. “The product is a unique offering to the market; there is no machine of this specialty size produced in hemisphere, or for that matter for that matter.” said Booysen. The Ultra-3000 The Ultra-3000 is engineered to meet high-volume manufacturers’ requirements for brick, block and paving products, and enables operators to rapidly change setups and machine parameters to produce multiple different products that will meet client requirements. The product will enable PMSA to provide support from its local manufacturing industry in Boksburg, Johannesburg, and maintain a competitive advantage over imported machinery. PMSA plans to export the machine to neighbouring countries in Africa, and to South America, Europe and Asia. It weighs 30 tonnes and is centered on four large 120-mm-diameter chrome shafts to prevent back-tofront or side-to-side movement. The heavyweight, rigid frame of the machine is designed to fully absorb shock and vibration without allowing for movement to transfer to the operational components of the machine. Not only does this ensure higher- quality products but also reduces wear and tear, which is beneficial in terms of longevity of the equipment.

However, of this whole process crushing is considered the critical phase for several reasons,” said the company. In the Hautes Pyrénées (France), a combination of a crusher bucket BF80.3 with an iron separator and a New Holland excavator are paring up to recycle the railway sleepers which were cumulated.

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MANAGEMENT Create highly insulated properties Of course, the sustainability of a building only begins with its construction – it has an entire lifetime to damage the planet; unless you consider the energy efficiency of the building, post-construction. Energy efficiency is a requirement of most building regulations these days, but are you doing all you can just by meeting minimum requirements? By incorporating advancedframing methods, you produce less waste during the building process, and, resultantly, less will be dumped in landfill.



ustainability is a necessity for the modern construction industry. It’s quite a responsibility, isn’t it? And it’s not just materials, we should be considering energy-saving options wherever possible, such as highly insulated bi-fold doors. The modern construction industry therefore, is torn between satisfying the demands of clients, and the responsibility to ensure that we don’t indelibly damage the planet that sustains us all. The importance of sustainability can’t be understated. So, we’ve compiled some tips and hints to help convince you to choose sustainable construction. Building for Longevity If we’re building to create a more sustainable future, it stands to reason that your construction should stand the test of time. So, it’s about choosing robust materials that aren’t going to damage the environment. Concrete, for example, is the third highest producer of man-made CO2 after transport and energy production. It requires a tremendous amount of fossil fuels – principally coal – to generate enough heat to drive the cementmaking process. That’s before you consider the clinker, which induces the thermal decomposition of calcium carbonate.


Hempcrete is a bio-composite material formed by combining hemp (a non-psycho-active strain of the cannabis plant) with lime and water. Hemp is one of the planet’s most eco-friendly crops: it thrives on depleted land and helps to improve the soil, and it absorbs large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. Of course, hempcrete is currently less widely available, but where many clients are insistent on sustainable construction projects, we can encourage them to consider this “zero-carbon” modern construction material. Using timber Wood, by nature, is renewable – if it’s grown in a sustainable fashion. Trees digest carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; so cultivating sustainably plays an essential role in the ecosystem, protecting the planet from rising temperatures. This makes timber-based advanced framing (or optimum value engineering) an option to consider if you’re aiming to reduce the environmental impact of your construction projects. Advanced-framing saves timber in a wide variety of ways. And if the wood is grown in sustainable forests that replenish their own supply, you’re more likely to provide a solution that protects the planet’s resources.

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Sustainable homes are healthier Green builds emit fewer toxins. Much has been made of man-made materials such as asbestos, which produces carcinogens when disturbed. Many sustainable materials can help improve a building’s air quality: • Natural wool carpeting • Laminates that avoid toxic glues • Air systems that circulate fresh outdoor air into the building. Reclaimed Materials Waste is a necessary evil as far as construction and demolition projects are concerned. A demolition produces waste concrete, metal, plastic, wood, glass, asphalt, and bricks, as well as countless other materials that get destroyed when a building is demolished. All of this goes into landfill or incinerators, polluting the earth and the air; but the transportation of waste materials also has a massive impact on the environment. Reclaiming used materials can be expensive, but if you can find a specialist deconstruction company, you’ll find that they dismantle reusable items exceptionally carefully, in order that they can be used again. Reclaimed items can bring genuine character to a building – especially in the case of renovation projects where they can help retain the existing design integrity. Of course, sustainability might cost a little more but, certainly in the case of hempcrete, the higher the demand for sustainable building materials, the more available and affordable they become. Become a trailblazer and insist on sustainable construction.

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he New Nile Bridge is a cable stayed

into hard rock. The new 1.83km long asphalt

government, improving communication on

bridge which will align at 500 metres

approach road has three at-grade junctions at

the Northern Corridor Route, a major link for

upstream of Nalubaale Dam with river

Nile Breweries, Nytil and Jinja round-about to

Uganda and its landlocked Central African

width of 300 metres.The 525 metre-long bridge

allow interchange of traffic to the existing road

neighbors. “The Bridge’s picturesque features

has a central span of 290 metres, end spans


and strategic location near the source of the

of 135 metres and 100 metres on the east and west banks respectively.

Nile will present tourist and resort advantages At a cost of US $129m, and with an estimated

to the benefit of local and international

design life of 120 years, the new bridge is

investors,” says Lawrence Pario, Head Bridges

The bridge’s foundation consists of 1.5 metres

aimed at relieving traffic from the existing

and Structures, Uganda National Roads

and 2.0 metres diameter piles which are

deteriorating bridge that was constructed

Authority (UNRA).

embedded approximately 14-23 metres deep

over 60 years back by the British colonial


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The New Nile Bridge uniqueness is in it being the longest single plane cable configuration with a water proof deck on the entire African Continent. The bridge deck has a 7 metres wide dual two-way carriageway with a pedestrian walk way of 2.25 metres wide on both ends;complete with street lighting facilities and a digital health monitoring system that monitors the load of the traffic passing, stresses and strains in the cable, and communicates the distresses which will signal maintenance requirements. The overall width of the Bridge is 22.9 metres wide. Moreover, automatic weigh in motion (WIM) system will be installed on the approach roads to deter over weight traffic from crossing. “The Bridge is a landmark on the continent, and we are glad as a local company to have teamed up with Sika to construct the water proof deck,” says Bridget Kholer, director of Roko Technical Services a sub-contractor on the project.

The New Nile Bridge's uniqueness is in it being the longest single plane cable configuration with a water proof deck on the entire African Continent.

The Environment Environmental protection was well-managed during the structure’s construction. To mitigate negative environmental impact, an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) was carried out to ensure that there was no pollution of the Nile water and a continuous monitoring and audit was done to ensure compliance against potential environmental and social risks with their corresponding mitigation plans defined. Transport / Construction industry There has been skills transfer to the Local

The major materials used for the bridge construction were high performance and high

Construction Engineers, technicians and

strength reinforced concrete whose constituents are aggregates, high tensile steel,

craftsmen involved in the construction of the New

admixtures and cement.

Nile Bridge Project. The acquired skills will help in the transformation of Uganda’s Transport/ Construction industry. The high local content in terms of materials, personnel and machines

road pavement layers were constructed with

construction of bored pile foundations, pile

selected earth layers caped with a crushed

caps, abutments, two inverted Y pylons,

stone base and asphalt finish.

and prestressed concrete box girder deck, installation of stay cables, approach roads

has meant that local people and businesses have directly and indirectly benefitted financially from

and ancillary works.

the project.

Finishing The bridge structures (Abutments, Pylons &


Materials used

Box Girder) retain the gray concrete surface

Like any ground breaking work, the new

as the final finishing while cables take on

Nile Bridge project was characterized with

the white colour of the HDPE Pipes; in the

some challenges:

The major materials used for construction were high performance and high strength reinforced concrete whose constituents are aggregates, high tensile steel, admixtures and cement 42.5N. Special manufactured multi-strand high yield steel was used for the stay cable strands between pylons and prestressed concrete box girder. The

night the bridge lits in beautiful colours. Delays in delivery of construction materials Scope

and equipment procured from overseas put

The construction scope of the New

a four month setback in the construction

Nile Cable stayed Bridge include the

schedule. Moreover, the need to observe

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high environmental standards resulted in some non-compliant

10 years of its existence, immensely addressing the issue of national

would-be local suppliers of materials, such as sand and gravel, being

transport and being responsible for the best road infrastructures in the



The new bridge is set to be opened to the public in October 2018.

UNRA’s journey in ensuring that the country achieves a reputable roads network is still ongoing with several projects in the pipeline.

Enacted by government of Uganda in 2006 as its singular agent mandated to develop and maintain the national roads network and

These include: Kampala Fly over, Karuma Bridge, Kampala Jinja

advice government on general roads policy, the Uganda National

Express way, Kampala Southern Bypass, and Kapchorwa Swamp.

Roads Authority (UNRA) has subsisted beyond expectations in the past


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Sustainable affordable HOUSING DELIVERY In order to reduce cost of construction, yet producing a socially acceptable, resilient, affordable, building that will withstand the ravages of nature, weather and time requires knowledge of the “ingredients” that will ultimately culminate into the final product – the house.

lives. Creating jobs, stimulating ownership

Other pollutant gases that are released when

confidence and the spirit of innovation – this

fuels are burned include carbon monoxide,

is what social businesses are looking for.

nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxide.

Appropriate technical solutions, such as low

In order to reduce cost of construction, yet


cost housing, improve life quality and can

producing a socially acceptable, resilient,

give the initial push for development.

affordable, building that will withstand the

Economic drivers of change: Jobs and

knowledge of the “ingredients” that will

inspire a built environment in which people


ultimately culminate into the final product –

and planet thrive. Buildings are one of the main

Poverty housing affects people’s health and

the house

contributors to climate change. Building green

well-being, their job prospects and ability to

is an opportunity to use resources efficiently

make a living. It locks people into a cycle of

Economies of scale

and address climate change while creating


Housing at minimum cost meaning lowering

Hennie Botes CEO and Inventor of Moladi

he Green Building Council of South Africa is dedicated to building a greener future. “Our purpose is to

ravages of nature, weather and time requires

healthier and more productive environments for people and communities.”

the cost of construction by implementing It also holds children back from fulfilling

advantage of economies of scale

their potential. Children living in bad housing Appropriate Technology: Small is beautiful

are more likely to suffer from serious health

Shorten the supply chain

The economist and philosopher, Dr Ernst

problems, to have learning difficulties and

Shortening the supply chain is a universal

Friedrich Schumacher, wanted to stress that

miss school and to face unemployment and

business goal in the global automotive

small-scale technologies are the ones needed in

poverty later in life.

industry. A shorter supply chain is generally

the fight against poverty. These solutions have

recognized to be leaner, more agile, more

great advantages; they can be implemented

The impact on children’s development is

“accountable,” and, most importantly, less

with local resources and skills and they are

both immediate and long-term. Growing up


affordable – which makes them tools that

in poor or overcrowded housing has been

empower people to help themselves.

found to have a lasting impact on a child’s

However, the real economic value of a

health and well-being throughout their life.

shorter supply chain has rarely been critically

The impact of appropriate technology becomes particularly



measured in the construction sector. Simply


Select materials that do not consume huge

put: The Hardware store or DIY builder

solutions are used and promoted by social

amounts of energy to produce: The burning

supply chain store profit and overhead cost

entrepreneurs who put social impact at the heart

of fuels releases a large amount of carbon

cannot be borne when “lean construction” is

of their business. The combination of low-cost

dioxide into the atmosphere. This is thought

the target. Frugal innovation is the approach

technology and social entrepreneurship can

to cause global warming.

to deliver cost effectively.

have far-reaching implications for thousands of

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Ensuring safety and reliability of your electrical system operation, maintenance and trouble shooting of the system. Know your equipment It may seem too simple, but the first step in knowing any piece of equipment is to read the manual. Keep in mind that equipment that may look the same may not operate the same. Systems may also vary depending on the application and installation. Whether it is A system that is perfect for one application may not be the best choice for another application.


equipment you are operating or equipment you are installing, spending time with the products’ documentation can save you many headaches.

ll electrical systems have the

ensure not only safety when dealing with

Additionally, according to Mr. Gary Barlow of

potential to cause harm. Human

electrical systems but also reliability of the

Switchgear Limited, a leading manufacturer of

beings are more conductive than

installed system.

switchboards, one should always make sure not

the earth which means if there is no other

to install the cheapest product as it can create

easy path, electricity will try to flow through

Know your system

havoc for you and the property. The best is to

our bodies.The voltage of the electricity and

The first key to knowing your electrical

ensure that the products are of highest quality

the available electrical current in regular

system is an accurate and up-to-date one-line

and suits your requirements.

businesses and homes has enough power to

of the electrical system. With the facilities

cause death by electrocution. Even changing

of today, which integrate multiple supplies

This can be made easier by buying from

a light bulb without unplugging the lamp

and voltage systems, knowing how the

reputable companies. Mr. Anjali Mediratta,

can be hazardous because coming in contact

system components are integrated together

Director at Polyphase Systems Limited

with the ‘hot’, ‘energized’ or ‘live’ part of

is key to the safety and reliability of your

in Kenya mentions that, finding reputable

the socket could kill a person. It is therefore

electrical system. Many facilities have added,

companies to buy electrical equipment from is

important to work safely with or near

removed and remodeled over the years, so

the first step in getting genuine products. “This


that no one really knows what their electrical

is because these companies carry recognizable

system looks like today. Knowing how the

brands that have been tried and tested,” he

various systems interconnect is critical to the


The following are some of the factors that


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Preventive maintenance

managers, maintenance managers, technicians,

possible. Keep safety at the forefront of your

Preventive maintenance is often ignored

and other employees.

mind, always watch for others, and don't be

and considered too expensive to implement.


In reality, it is a valuable investment that

Safety first

is measurable. Preventive maintenance can

No amount of speed or pressure to get things

Furthermore, the technician performing

help avoid equipment failure, alleviate repair

done should make employees cut corners

periodic maintenance and service of

and replacement costs, and increase safety

when it comes to safety measures. According

electrical equipment should have a thorough

for personnel. It should not be treated as an

to Mr. Mohammed Anjarwalla, Director of

understanding of the electrical field and

unnecessary investment.

Regional Electricals in Kenya electricity is

should be trained and familiar with the

one of the most delicate things a property

equipment and systems they are working on.

An effective preventive- and proactive-

owner has to deals with on a daily basis;

Mr. NischalGajjar the Managing director at

maintenance program should take into

therefore, cutting corners leads to costly and

Power Controls Limited in Kenya adds that,

consideration safety, the age of the equipment,

often deadly errors. It is advisable to always

qualified and trained personnel understand the

operating environment, and the criticality of

lock-out, tag-out and de-energize electrical

construction and operation of equipment and

the asset. If infrared scanning is the only form

system equipment before working on it. Use a

installations, therefore they not only ensure

of preventive-maintenance approach that’s

method of procedure as a check list and wear

efficiency of the system, but they also have

been employed, equipment reliability and

the appropriate personal protective equipment

safety training to recognize and avoid the

safety have been compromised. That type of

for the job. Put as much physical distance

hazards involved.

situation should be of great concern to plant

between people and energized equipment as

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Remodeling your kitchen


When you think of remodeling your kitchen,

According to Tobias Joseph of Blum Sales

think of its longevity, function, style and

when it comes to fronts more and more

efficiency. The kitchen you decide on will

people aspire to thin (8 mm) panels of

last for 15 years or more, and it’s often very

various materials, such as chipboard, HPL

difficult to keep an overview of the latest

or ceramics. Blum has come up with a new

product innovations.

solution to meet this trend: an innovative fixing method called Expando T. This

itchens have to withstand the rigours of everyday use. So it’s important that they not only look good but are

practical too. Modern kitchens not only offer trendy features and sophisticated looks but are also top in terms of functionality. They make everyday kitchen use fun! But buying a new

Your kitchen should match your lifestyle

latest innovation gives cabinet makers and

A good kitchen needs to meet the user's

manufacturers the ability to implement their

requirements. Blum has been investigating

own design ideas, stand out even more from

the needs of kitchen users around the globe

their competitors and offer bespoke solutions

for years and is continuously coming up with

using products in their range. Expando T

new ideas on how to make modern kitchens

delivers tried and tested functionality and the

even more practical.

usual top quality you’ve come to expect from Blum.

kitchen can also be a bit of a challenge.

drawers. This results in furniture that can be used throughout your whole living area.


Personalised furniture with thin cabinet fronts

Cooking, eating and living spaces are increasingly merging together. Open plan rooms and specially designed furniture are on trend – your own home must reflect your individuality. This is why new design innovations are in high demand! And new design innovations call for elegant solutions. With its Expando T, Blum offers a uniform fixing system for thin cabinet fronts allowing for thicknesses of just 8 mm for lift systems, doors and

More choice of materials: from wood to Corian Fronts with remarkably thin designs, in materials such as wood, concrete, natural stone, ceramic or Corian, can make your dreams come true – meaning your new furniture is modern and tailored to you. All thanks to special fronts and Expando T from Blum. For more information please visit

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Materials that embody a modern kitchen sink


ost households shy away from

the silvery granite would be soapstone. Yes,

neutrals. These are manufactured at extremely

uniqueness as far as kitchen sinks

defying the myth about soap melting with

high temperatures and are resistant to

are concerned. Granite, porcelain,

water. That’s because some of these sinks are

scratches, staining and chipping. Clean up is

stainless steel are the common options that

carved from single blocks of soapstone, which

simple; dish soap on a sponge; but for tougher

most people choose from. And rightfully so,

means no seams. No seams eliminate any

marks, a mild abrasive cleanser and some

especially owing to some of their features

chance of leakage. Also, this means rounded

elbow grease will get that sink back to white.

which include: lower prices, lighter weight,

inside corners, making them easier to clean.

and easily obtainable.However, as Kohler

According to David Dare the CEO of Shaws

alluded during their launch of a showroom in

Exotic Hardwood

of Darwen, in the 15 years they have been

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; the sanitary ware

Teak is probably the last material you would

working with their South African partners, they

industry is evolving along with technology.

expect a sink to be made from. This is owing

have witnessed a real surge in the popularity

It is now possible to combine affordability

to the known parallel relationship between

of fireclay sinks, particularly the Butler style.

with elegance. Kohler is a global leader in the

wood and water. However, this could work.

“The kitchen is at the very heart of the home,

manufacture of kitchen and bath products,

Of course strict measures in terms of sealing

which means that people want assurance that

with more than 50 manufacturing locations

would need to be put in place. All in all, a teak

they’re investing in a quality sink that is not


kitchen sink should be left to the bold and

only stylish, but also capable of enduring daily


usage without succumbing to wear and tear,”

The following sink materials will grab your

he adds.

attention and give your kitchen a one-of-a-

Composite Granite

kind, head-turning style.

These are the go-to sink for interior designers

“There is actually a large, high-end market

because of their attractive look and reliability.

for modern kitchen sinks. Our partners do still


Unlike stainless steel, these sinks don’t show

see stainless steel and granite sinks being used

This is only known to work for bathroom

water marks or scratches. They come in a

by customers in South Africa, however the

sinks. When you consider the utility bit of it,

variety of neutral colors, but the darker hues

demand for fireclay is on the rise due to the

the glass sink seems more reasonable in the

best disguise grit and grime. Although durable,

longevity and classic style of the sinks,” he

bathroom. This is so when you compare the

they can crack if mishandled, especially during


worst drop that can happen. In bathrooms a

shipping and handling. Natural Stone

brush would probably be it, where in kitchens a cast iron pan is just one of the many items.

“In recent years, we have seen a trend of

This is best experienced when the countertops

Somehow for aesthetics it does not seem worth

Kitchen Sinks made using innovative materials

are matching the sink. This integral style

the trouble of replacing after every wash due to

such as ‘Composite Quartz’ and ‘Solid surface

makes the flow from the countertops seamless


materials’ are gaining popularity, especially

to the sink. However, some stones, like marble,

in mid to high-end projects where developers

are susceptible to stains, making it advisable

Silvery Granite Kitchen Sink

want to offer some unique experience to their

to test a sample of the stone first and watch

At first glance, you might think that this is

home buyers. Earlier, these types of Sinks

how it stands up to constant water splashes and

a hammered metal sink; steel or aluminum.

were mostly used in private houses and villa

colored liquids.

Apparently this sink, though made of granite,

projects,” affirms Mr. Devendra Mishraof

is naturally speckled with silver or gold-hued

Acrysil Limited in India.

mica. Talk about class on the counter!

As much as you are choosing a particular type of material for your kitchen sink, it is


also important to consider other aspects of the

Soapstone Kitchen Sink

This is the best choice for those looking to

material for instance hygiene.

The only other material that comes close to

make over their kitchen in solid whites and


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All staff should be trained to handle a fire extinguisher

All fire extinguishers must be serviced and maintained regularly

Ventilation System

Kitchen Fire Suppression


Each and every commercial kitchen requires a hood, which is joined to a ventilation system. The ventilation system must be directed to the exterior of the building. The hood and vents should:

he Risk-Based Approach

a serious fire if proper safety precautions are

Be sturdy

“Better safe than sorry” rings true

not taken. All fryers should:

Be made from a non-combustible

for restaurant business owners.

The prospects of the occurrence of a fire in a commercial kitchen is always a case of “when

Be able to automatically shut off in the event of a fire

not if”. The critical step is identifying the

material, such as steel •

Be placed at least 40 cm away from any equipment that produces an open flame

prevent grease build-up •

inherent risks in a respective fire kitchen and Oven


The best way to prevent a fire from occurring

It is ghastly to contemplate the colossal

as a result of the oven is to:

losses that a restaurant business owner can

incur as a consequence of neglecting critical areas in kitchen fire protection. A business •

damage to property in the vicinity or even fatalities or even death of employee or a

Contain grease filters that are easy to remove and clean

employing appropriate measures to manage

owner can bear huge legal costs of collateral

Be cleaned and maintained regularly to

customer. Moreover, excruciatingly, he can

Cover all equipment that produces heat, namely stoves, ovens, fryers, etc.

Clean the oven regularly - which

The Lights

will ensure there is no build-up of

While it is not likely for lights to cause actual

combustible substances

fires, light bulbs can cause injuries in the event

Only put non-combustible materials in

of a fire in a commercial kitchen. If a light bulb

the oven

becomes too hot, the air inside the bulb will

Place the oven far away from other

expand and cause the bulb to explode. Light

equipment to prevent heat transfer

bulbs should:

experience loss of potential revenue in tens of

Be covered using explosion-resistant

thousands of dollars as a result of interruption

The Trash Disposal

covers when above or near cooking

to business.

Trash cans should be:


So, what should a business owner do when

Comprised of non-combustible materials

faced with this situation?

Emptied regularly to prevent the build-

Fire Suppression System

up of combustible substances

In order to manage the above mentioned

Targeting Top Hazards

Kept away from any open flame

risks, Ricketts says having an adequate,

The most effective approach is first

Have a sturdy covering

well-maintained fire suppression system in a

identifying high risk areas, and accordingly

commercial kitchen is absolutely crucial. Most

mitigating their impact by employing

The Fire Extinguisher

importantly, he emphasizes, staff need to be

appropriate measures, says Kirstie Ricketts,

Commercial kitchens should have at least two

well-acquainted with it.

from Fireco SA, a prominent commentator

fire extinguishers. Keep in mind that:

“During each shift, at least one staff member

in South Africa’s fire protection industry.

One Class K fire extinguisher is

is required to have access to and be trained

necessary as these respond best to grease

regarding gas control valves (or any other fuel


valves) in order to shut these valves off in the

A standard ABC fire extinguisher should

event of a fire.

be available for any other type of fire

“All staff are to be trained with respect to the

He particularly cites the following as top hazards: deep fryers, ovens, trash cans, fire extinguishers,ventilation systems and lights.

These are explained in detail below.

It is necessary for one fire extinguisher

safety equipment in the kitchen and systematic

The Deep Fryer

to be placed 3 meters from any cooking

fire safety and fire prevention training should

Deep fryers are full of oil, which could cause


be provided,” he says.


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Getting the most out of your appliance

not without accessories

“With a paint job, not only do you want to achieve a perfect result, you also want to do it as efficiently as possible. Painters don't always realise the role that accessories can play in this. In fact, they make or break your paint job," says Mark Andersen, Graco's Global Marketing Manager for Accessories. Although Graco's appliances are all about efficiency, the right accessories are crucial.

Complete jobs more efficiently Accessories can make the difference between a profitable and a lossmaking job. Mark gives an example: "Suppose you need to spray paint a high ceiling. With the right spray tip, you will save on the number of litres of paint you spray and on your working hours. Extensions make sure that there’s no need to lug ladders around. And an extralong paint hose ensures that you don't have to constantly move your appliance carry your buckets shorter distances. In short, thanks to three accessories, your project will be completed much more efficiently than without.” 6 examples from real-life situations 1.

Difficult places to reach

The solution: tip extensions Anyone who has to spray paint high walls and ceilings will probably think automatically of ladders and scaffolding. However, it doesn't have to be that difficult. Thanks to Graco’s tip extensions, you no longer have to move ladders, or go up and down scaffolding. Simply attach the tip extension to your gun and you can get the job done in one go. “I


ne unit, many applications “Accessories should not be missing from the arsenal of the professional painter", Mark continues. “From

applying a fine lacquer coating to painting high walls, thanks to the right accessories, you can do it all just as efficiently with the same equipment. By adapting your appliance to the situation as best as you can, the end result will not only be impeccable, you'll work a lot faster.”


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can’t do without my tip extensions now. Because I don't need a ladder anymore, I can work faster and more safely,” says John Coats, owner of Liberton Decor (United Kingdom). 2.

Wear and tear of tip and pump

The solution: Rac X™ LP tips When some 750 litres of paint pass through your nozzle tip, its spray quality deteriorates. To extend the lifespan of their tips, Graco recently launched the RAC X™ LP Tips. The big difference with the old tips?


If you need to spray large smooth surfaces, you want to do so in as few movements as possible.

You now spray with 30 to 50% less pressure.

degree of finish, the speed is a big advantage.

And less pressure means less pressure on

Compared to conventional rolling, we

your appliance. Your spray tip and pump

save half the time with the JetRoller,” says

wear out less quickly, making them last

Arkadiusz Drozd, painter at APS Service

longer. Moreover, after a project of 30 litres


of wall paint, you will have earned back the purchase of the tip. 5.

Spray width too small

The solution: WideRac™ Tip 3.

Downtime on the building site

If you need to spray large smooth surfaces,

The solution: ProConnect™ system

you want to do so in as few movements

In each airless appliance, there is a

as possible. And with the widest possible

powerful pump that draws in the paint.

spray range, therefore. Graco’s WideRac™

If it fails after many working hours, your

Tip produces a spray width of up to 60 cm.

equipment will be idle. When you often

Its atomisation is not only superior; it will

work with tight deadlines, you can really

also save you a lot of time. In short, it’s the

do without downtime. Thanks to the unique

absolute must-have for high-production

ProConnect™ system, you can easily replace


When some 750 litres of paint pass through

your pump yourself. You’ll be up and

your nozzle tip, its spray quality deteriorates.

running again within a matter of minutes.


The system is available for almost all Graco

The solution: CleanShot™ valve

airless units.

A potential problem when using an extension

Spitting and dripping from the tip

piece is that paint spits or drips from the 4.


When rolling is the only option

spray tip. By placing a CleanShot™ valve at

The solution: JetRoller™

the end of the extension piece, you can easily

As a professional painter, you know that

solve that problem. Thanks to the built-in

rolling is the only option for some surfaces.

needle of the valve, the tip never spits or

That’s where the JetRoller™ comes in. The

leaks again, no matter in what direction you

JetRoller™ combines rolling and spraying in

hold the extension. “I do everything I can

one convenient accessory. There is minimum

to achieve a perfect end result. With the

spray mist and the accessory neatly combines

CleanShot valve, I’m certain that there are

a roll finish with the speed, flexibility and

no drops left on the wall,” says Cyril Julien,

comfort of airless spraying. “Besides the

owner of Painting Company Julien (France).

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ilicon’s is a major contractor in Kenya established in 1998 as a building and general construction

company to provide complete construction and related services. Since then, the company has surpassed its own expectations, measured by the rate of new state of the art buildings that the company has been contracted to put up. Over the years, Milicon’s has gained substantial experience and expertise in this area. The core competence of the company lies in its expert planning, accurate execution and timely

various projects for clients like Ministry of

completion of projects. It is this quality that has

Transport, Infrastructure, Housing & Urban

enabled the company to gain prominence in a

Development, The Kenya National Assembly,

very short span.

Ministry of Health, Ministry of Higher Education, National Commission for Science

The Kenya National Assembly Project – Parliament Offices & Senate Chamber

Kenya Institute of Supplies Management, Headquarters

Proposed Leadership Centre for Insurance

The vision of Milicon’s is to improve the

Technology and Innovation and L&T (India)

quality of life by providing ideal solutions in

Ltd. Other include Kenya Commercial Bank

Kibabii University – Bungoma

construction and in effect, helping in the process

Ltd., Bayer E.A Ltd., GF Corvin Ltd., Rom

Masinde Muliro University of Science

of building a professional company.

E.A. Ltd., Safaricom Ltd., The Red Cross, etc.

Training and Education Trust

and Technology •

Experience and Expertise – Projects



completed projects include:





Since its inception, Milicon’s has executed


Papal Dais at the University of Nairobi Grounds

Kibabii University College




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Science, 27

Technology and Innovation

He says the company will strive to live up to

experience of 30 years in construction field,

Conventional Centre for the Kenya

the reputation it has already earned, which is

out of which 25 years are in Kenya. Held

School of Government.

delivering quality jobs within time and budget

diverse positions such as Site Agent, Project


Coordinator, Construction Manager and Senior

These magnificent projects have earned it the


necessary experience and expertise, leading to


great demand for the company’s services from

Milicon’s has the sound backing of a well-

G.R.B. RAO – Administrative Director

the Government and the general public.

experienced workforce, who are Engineering

A Science Post Graduate Sugar Technologist

Graduates, and have worked for multi National

with a rich experience of 40 years in different

The company is fully equipped and staffed to

Companies like Japanese giant Sumitomo

positions in varied organizations.

handle not only new construction projects, but

Construction Co. Ltd., IHI, which adds to the

also rehabilitating or restoration of existing

technical strength of the company. Milicon’s

KARUNA PARCHURI – Executive Director


believes in helping the workforce to upgrade

A Science Graduate with Masters in Computers

their skills constantly. Towards this end,

and Information Technology with 15 years

“Our active involvement in numerous projects

Milicon’s organizes regular training for its

experience in different fields including in

is definitely recognition of our high quality



growing customer base,” says Mr. Sai Parchuri,


KARSAN S. PATEL – Operations Director

the Managing Director.

S.P. PARCHURI – Managing Director

A Graduate Civil Engineer with 30 years

A Civil Engineering graduate with a rich

in construction Field. He is the heart of the

service and performance standards for our



P.O.BOX 14-00623, Nairobi Kenya. TEL:0735120005/0702581960, EMAIL:




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company in executing projects at sites including maintaining the all the plant and machinery. ROHAN PARCHURI – Project Manager A Post Graduate in Civil Engineering with 8 years experience as a Site Agent and other positions in India Equipment and Facilities The company’s growth has not only been marked by profitability but also by the extension of fabrication department, as well as capacity development through acquisition of new plant and equipment.


With own steel fabrication workshop, stone cutting section, joinery and carpentry workshop ready mini concrete batching plants and transit mixers, earth moving capabilities and alumunium fabrication workshop, Milicon's has been able to execute projects fully in-house, thus enhancing quality and speed controls. The company prides itself in the use of modern tower cranes and


mobile cranes, hoists, dampers, batching machines, truck mixers, mixer machines, scaffoldings, trucks, among other equipment, which have increased Milicon's capacity to undertake building projects of unlimited size and nature. Future Milicon’s sees itself in future as an international construction company that keeps in tandem with the dynamism of the industry and to create more job opportunities in the regions it works in. SINCE 1985

The company is tasking with achieving the best standards in construction business, and on time delivery while striving to live up to its reputation. Already, Milicon's has earned in delivering quality jobs within time and budget constraint. It will strive to continuously improve on its quality.

Manufactured by

Jessop & Associates (Pty) Ltd

Tel: +27 16 421 2521 Fax: +27 16 421 2539


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QUESTWORKS LIMITED Delivering Turnkey Projects


uestworks Limited has perfected the art of being the ‘first’ in many aspects. Thus, when the firm emerged the overall winner at the inaugural Construction Industry Awards (Coina) in

which it emerged as the Contractor of the Year, the feat did not come as a surprise. Emerging tops in an industry with numerous contractors, majority of which have been in existence for years, was testament that Questworks is a contractor of a different kind. This came out clearly considering that the award sought to recognize the most outstanding contractor who exhibited excellent project implementation in regard to sustainability, growth strategy, innovation and health and safety. For Questworks, the award is just another feather in the firm’s rich collection of awards despite being in existence for only six years. Other

Avana Apartments

awards the firm has won include the Presidential Green Building Award in 2012, the Private Sector Renewable Energy Award in 2015, Most Improved in Green Banding Award and the Special Projects Delivery Award in 2018. “The Coina award is a major recognition and sets a high benchmark for us to continue improving our processes in line with international standards,” says Dr. Raúl Figueroa, Questworks CEO. He adds the firm was recognised for its emphasis on health and safety in its projects and commitment to integrity in an industry that has come under attack and criticism due to shoddy jobs. While Kenya is awash with many building and construction firms, Questworks has deliberately decided to differentiate itself and take the less travelled route. This is because it is the only turnkey contractor in the country, an aspect that enables it to deliver projects from design to build under one roof. “We are the only Kenyan turnkey company. The others are consortiums and most are fragile with internal fights,” observes Dr Figueroa. Opting to choose the turnkey route despite its challenges was a deliberate decision for Questworks going by its background. Prior to Strathmore University


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the firm’s establishment in 2012, the founding team were all employees

of Strathmore University where they worked on various projects of the university from 2002 to 2012, including the university’s phase III expansion project. With the experience and contacts created while at Strathmore University, the team saw an opportunity in the market in which they could extend their services to other clients, a move that resulted in the establishment of Questworks focusing on construction of buildings both commercial and residential and renewable energy. “We saw the need in the market to provide Turnkey solutions for buildings that are designed, built and delivered to the client by one team,” adds Dr Figueroa. Although the firm started with only four partners, today it boasts 120 employees encompassing all sets of skills that enable it deliver projects

Mr Amarjit Virdi, Questworks Managing Director

from design to build. The firm prides in subsidiaries like Questworks Architecture, Isource, Renewable Energy Solutions and Beavers PDG. Despite being relatively new in the market, Questworks has already made a mark in the industry driven by values of professionalism, accountability and integrity. During the short period, the firm has been involved in key projects including Strathmore Law School, , Avana Apartments, Vivo Energy Depot in Nanyuki, the new Nairobi West hospital (as project managers) and a Sh100 million residential houses project in Karen among others.

Apart from Kenya, the firm has also undertaken projects in Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda, Nigeria and Puerto Rico. Being the only firm that is dedicated to delivering turnkey projects in Kenya, Questworks has the market all to itself. Indeed, for clients that seek to have projects undertaken by one firm, particularly to avoid conflicts that often arise when several firms are involved in a project, Questworks offers the ideal solution and peace of mind.

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“Our clients are private sector developers who don’t want issues dealing with different companies and wants to save money because it is cheaper and faster to deliver a project on turnkey,” says Amarjit Virdi, Questworks Managing Director. He adds that Questworks has avoided public jobs due to integrity-related issues that often characterise government projects. “We have bid for government jobs in the past but got disqualified on a small technicality; we realised we were just making the numbers,” he observes. In opting for the turnkey route, Questworks understands that Sir Thomas More Building

it cannot chase after all sorts of projects and appreciates the limitations that often come with turnkey projects. Top on the list is the fact that in most instances, turnkey projects happen to be huge and the financier often has to approve the contractor for the project. Also, turnkey projects come at fixed costs and there is little room for adjustments even when market dynamics shift. These, however, are not major concerns for Questworks. “When you chose to follow a path like ours, you chose to let many projects pass you,” notes Dr. Figueroa. He adds that despite the limitations, many clients are slowly realising the importance and benefits of design to build models, something that has seen jobs for Questworks continue to increase. Of

importance, the firm continues to get jobs even when

competitors engage in price undercutting in order to win contractor. For Questworks, price undercutting is a no go zone because it eventually means compromising in delivering quality Some employees of Questworks Limited

projects. “Price undercutting affects us a lot and we have lost projects that we are sure the contractor cannot implement at the quoted price,” observes Dr Figueroa. Despite the challenges, the firm is optimistic of a bright future as the building and construction sector rebounds after a tough period that saw growth plummet due to credit squeeze occasioned by interest rates capping, rising costs of inputs and labour, slow down in economy and glut due to oversupply of both commercial and residential buildings. According to the Economic Survey 2018, growth in the building and construction sector decelerated for the second year in a row to stand at 8.6 per cent in 2017. During the same period, cement consumption decreased by 8.2 per cent from 6.3 million tonnes in 2016 to 5.8 million tonnes in 2017, an indication of a slowdown in growth of construction activity compared to the previous year.


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SHEFFIELD HAS A NOTABLE ‘FOOTPRINT’ ACROSS AFRICA Historically, it is assumed that in East Africa we do not have local expertise to give ideal solutions for food and beverage facilities for hotels, industries and property market segments. However the supply and installation of food & beverage facilities has existed here for more than 60 years.



All professionals will appreciate that the local expertise of customization of the design, supply, fabrication and after sales support & service and availability of spares is the most important part for food & beverage’s successful operation for the local market, with our local service standards being at par with any part of the world.

In such cases, the net losers are firstly the investor, then the project which is delayed and is expensive and requires compromise to ‘fix the project’ and as a result the final and most important net loser the customer who is unaware of the compromises made to deliver the appropriate service to them.

The recent surge of new brands that have come into the African market, assume there is no local expertise and in turn hire facility planners from overseas who have designed concepts without assessing what is on the ground and end up sourcing solutions that are not well supported from the local supplier.

Hence, it is only best practice for most professionals on the ground to make realistic and practical decisions and ensure serious local contractors are hired from preliminary stages of a project to give a full solution from the design inputs and appropriate equipment selection for optimum value and results.

This increases the project cost up to triple the actual cost for the investors yet resulting in sub-standard installations that are not suitable for the operations in the African market. The operations team then seek local consultants and service providers like us to rectify and salvage the solution provided overseas without ground checks but in most cases the situation is beyond our involvement.

Sheffield is known for the best kitchens in East Africa and installations as far as Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, where we have been hired as the main consultant for food and beverage services and solutions for a wide range market segments including airport kitchens, healthcare solutions, hotels & resorts and the food processing industry.





We provide a 360 degree consultation to our clients where we ensure appropriate equipment selection and the most appropriate specifications for the total eco-system which covers the flooring, drainage and plumbing, walling, lighting, ceiling works, ventilation works, gas provisions and routing, MEP services. Alongside that, post installation, we provide training on equipment use, hygiene, adoption of the menu against our equipment and how to enhance longevity of our equipment. Our 2 year service warranty shows the confidence we have in our equipment and solutions and our highly skilled and regularly trained technical team, who are trained both locally at Sheffield premises and also overseas at our manufacturers locations, to get the installations right the first time. We also have maximum spare parts available in stock that guarantees our kitchens and clients operations run smoothly through annual maintenance contracts as after-sales service and support.


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